The pirates holding the containership Charles S. Price have a problem - with the ship's engines dead, they'll soon be just another crater on the Martian surface. Their solution? Call the Volunteer Space Rescue Service for help and steal Space Rescue's ship.
But this fight is over more than just a ship and her crew - a secret cargo may hold the keys to the fate of Mars!
|Publisher:||Hadley Rille Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
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Pirates of Mars by Chris Gerrib was a fast paced sci-fi novel. Life on Mars is what I would picture life in Australia was like in the 1800’s when convicts were sent there to live. Rough, uncivilized and full of the criminal element or those seeking a better life. Life on Mars was similar – rough, uncivilized to a great degree and full of opportunistic seeking people where they even charge for air! Peter Grant, Lieutenant of the Volunteer Rescue Station, is but one of the latest captured by the Pirates seeking riches in gold, guns and other items. The pirates seek ransom not only for the ship but for Peter Grant. Jack Williams of the Volunteer Space Rescue Corp doesn’t take kindly to leaving Peter Grant behind. The Space Rescue is infamous for paying ransoms, but this time there is no money to be pay out nor is there an arsenal to launch a full scale rescue. As a result, Williams implements a rescue mission to kidnap Peter Grant back with friends at the helm! The plot was fast paced and easy to follow. Character development lacked with the rescue team but the pirates, there was a bit more. The pirate women were all strong and “do it themselves” type of women where men just weren’t needed to rescue them. Overall, the book was fun and fast with a few interesting twists. If you love sci-fi fantasy with a futuristic taste, this is a good listen for you. Gary McKenzie did a good job of reading the book but it was obvious he was reading it and not performing it. There was little to no distinction to the different characters through his voice. Production was fine; I had no issues with it. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
Mars has been colonized in a haphazard way resulting in a large number of semi-autonomous city states with only loose connections to governments back on Earth. A space rescue service has been set up from various funding but with no real political power. They've been pretty successful and the inherent dangers of space have gone down but piracy is becoming a bigger issue and insurance companies aren't too happy about it. The story starts when pirates take a ship but the crew sabotages it. The pirates decide to call space rescue and try to take the rescue ship too. The best: All the characters, and there were quite a few, were believable and relate-able. The action was easy to follow and exciting despite being pretty complex. The concept is quite interesting. The worst: It took me a while to get a hang off all of the characters, the action was still easy to follow though so I could just go with it and partway into the scene, I'd catch on to who's who. By the end of the book it was getting much easier. It was sometimes difficult to tell who was speaking in the dialog. It looked like the paragraph formatting in the Nook version I was reading may have been off though. Perhaps if I had read the print version I wouldn't have been flipping back as often to figure things out. All in all, it's an excellent book. Since it's his first full length published novel, I expect good things in the future and I'm sure I'll be checking out his next book.